Friday, December 27, 2013
Adult Water Polo Clinics for Rookies!
No experience necessary. Shallow and deep water positions.Check it out.
First time in Pittsburgh at the brand new Thelma Lovette YMCA, Centre Avenue, just 5 blocks from the Consol Energy Center.
Co-ed, community water polo is geared to any want-a-be athletes, young adults, triathletes, master swimmers and even non-swimmers, as we'll need shallow end goalies and have liberal play off the bottom in a mostly shallow, friendly pool. Come out for a new winter-time, high energy game. We'll learn new skills, drills and play modified scrimmages and games. Bring your friends and make this a new challenge for the next weeks to come.
The 6:30 pm Friday night open practices are free as an introduction to the sport as we build up for a potential, in-house, water polo league slated for the fall of 2014.
Sign up now with Seth Pfannenschmidt, Aquatics Coordinator, Thelma Lovette YMCA, 412-315-0989.
Lead instructor, Mark Rauterkus, head varsity swim coach and founder of Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo Camps. Assistants, captains and volunteers welcomed. Contact: Mark@Rauterkus.com, 412-298-3432 to lend a hand.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Date: Dec 24, 2013 11:39 AM
Subject: Community Works Coordinator Position-engaging, enriching opportunity-Share out
Job Title: Community Works Program Coordinator
The Community Works Program is a partnership between Neighborhood Learning Alliance, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, and Pittsburgh Public Schools that provides an academic after school program combined with career education and development activities, real work experience, and post secondary support. The program is designed for primarily 12th grade students. The majority of the students attend Pittsburgh University Prep and Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy.
Work days are Monday thru Friday with evening and weekend hours as needed. The Program Coordinator directs volunteers and support staff that assist with the program's operation.
1. Recruit students and build strong relationships with all participants and their families.
- Manage all on-site operations of daily programming and off-site trips. This includes managing the site team of support staff and volunteers.
- Ensure production and distribution of program information documents, including schedules of academic and recreational activities, to participants and their families.
- Ensure students sign-in each day and that participation in all activities is documented.
- Build and maintain working relationships with school teachers, counselors, and administrators.
- Work directly with the school to process teacher referrals and collect data from the school on attendance, grades, standardized test scores, disciplinary actions, etc., to connect youth to appropriate afterschool academic services.
- Assist in the assignment of participants to worksites.
- Assist with the implementation of the "Youth Work Ready Certification" competencies: volunteerism, work experience, job shadowing, and assessments.
- Monitor students' success at their work placement and at the afterschool program site.
- Assist students with resume writing, interviewing skills, and career choices.
- Document using a case note format for all student / coordinator interactions.
- Work as a team with other coordinators.
Experience working with urban high school youth, Act 33/34 clearances, proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, valid PA driver's license and reliable vehicle. Familiarity with Pittsburgh Public Schools a plus. College degree highly preferred.
Health, Dental, Life Insurance, and Annual Salary ($30,000 to $33,000) based on experience
Send cover letter and resume to Rick Flanagan, Youth Development Director, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 21, 2013
PPS board sends a wake up call to the PPS Administration. However, the 9 on the board are not the ones who can save the city and District
Should be, IMNSHO, ... collectively WE will be able to come up with ideas ....
Sure, the board, on its own, gets to vote. However, if they are the ones to come up with the ideas, we are in deep,trouble, still.
The administration and the board and the citizens are NOT working well together, generally.
Case in point, in sports, in an area I know about, we had a few months in 2010 when a reform task force with staff, admin, partners and citizens huddled and began to think about global issues and solutions. It was a magical and brief time. The outcomes were equally fleeting.
Now Dr. Lane says fewer sports and there is no collaboration in recent years.
All the Kings Horses and all the Kings Men couldn't put Humpty together again.
Three years ago, and many time since, I told my principal that we could earn the school $50k a year by holding community programming at our pool that sits idle by their failed design on afternoons, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and summers.
Detailed letters with specifics were sent to Dr. Lane in November 2012, after the full school move into Peabody and she can't find the time for more than a year to pick up the phone and call me back. The fix is here, and it seems as if their goals are to be a district of 9th choice without engaged students.
Putting all the faith in the board, and not the administration, is much like being in Poland in 1938 and thinking there are friends to either east or west.
Mark Rauterkus Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell
Monday, December 16, 2013
Above script are the speaker notes for the PPS Board Hearing slated for today, Monday, Dec 17, about three charter school applications.
I think we would just rather have young people in gangs we control like swim teams and orchestras than street gangs."
So says Mark Rauterkus, a South Side resident and activist who serves as swim and golf coach for Pittsburgh Obama, as he reflects on Pittsburgh Public Schools' recently announced consideration of further cuts to sports teams and arts-related programs.
Lane also suggested the district could save as much as $600,000 yearly by eliminating intramural sports; the middle-school volleyball, swimming and wrestling teams, and the high school golf, swimming and tennis teams, and another $400,000 by spending less on athletic transportation, uniforms and equipment.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
This article was sent to The Thomas Merton Center for possible publication in The New People newsletter.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Post-Gazette does what the P-G always does: Sleeping and enabling the Pittsburgh Public Schools fumbling leadership
What 10 schools are running at less than 50% capacity? Not said in the comprehensive plan.
The devil is in the details and this has NONE.
Pittsburgh's school age population is falling sharply because Pittsburgh Public Schools has leadership issues that are not friendly to families, not friendly to students, not friendly to communities. People vote with their feet. The people that can often depart the city schools. Hence, the population decline.
Doctor Lane and her staff have NOT looked into every part of the PPS operations trying to save money. That is the biggest lie of them all. I asked for a meeting in November 2012 as Reizenstein had closed and we were at Peabody High School. I told her of 30 or more points that were specific to these facilities and programs at the pool and how many of them were flat out illegal. Some still are. She sends the email to a staff person and I might get one conversation with that person. Then, generally, that person departs the district too. No serious care nor concern about fiscal responsibility, security, and making the district a place where people want to be -- staff nor students.
Furthermore, for three years I've told our principal, and for more than one year I've told our superintendent that the swim programs could make money. But, they can't seem to find it in their comprehensive review to take 30 minutes and meet so PPS and the school can get $50,000 a year.
The school district has much to learn about community partnerships. But, they get an A+ when it comes to hoodwinking the Post-Gazette and having a few uber boosters and consultants blow enough smoke around with PR glitter. The people that go to school know better and those that have to make those decisions every semester know better too.
Rough road: Pittsburgh’s schools have tough choices to make
December 10, 2013
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane doesn’t sugarcoat the problems confronting her district.
A comprehensive, two-year planning report she released last Wednesday said that, although more city high school graduates are heading for college than five years ago, academic performance has declined in the last two years, 10 of the district’s 50 schools are running at less than 50 percent capacity and costs must be cut by nearly $50 million by 2016.
As Ms. Lane has done throughout her tenure as head of the district, she prepared a plan to attack the budget while implementing measures to improve student achievement.
The report, “Whole Child, Whole Community: Building a Bridge to the Pittsburgh Promise,” includes ambitious goals for transforming the district. Under her sound approach, many of its details will be worked out during consultations with the community and the school board. The document includes a range of options, particularly dealing with finances, and there the school board will need to be particularly aggressive.
The topic that always draws the most fire is the possibility of closing schools. As had been discussed previously, Ms. Lane makes a convincing case for closing Woolslair K-5 in June because its tiny enrollment means per pupil costs are double the rate of other Pittsburgh elementary schools. That alone won’t be enough.
Pittsburgh’s school-age population has fallen by 29 percent since 2000 to 37,431, the district has too many buildings that are under-utilized and its student-teacher ratio is lower than its peers in other Pennsylvania cities. Under the report's most ambitious option, closing 10 school buildings by the fall of 2015 would save as much as $5 million.
That would move the district in the right direction, but other elements of the plan could generate even larger savings. Eliminating classes that are too small, changing the high school schedule from nine periods to eight and reducing library services could save as much as $14 million. Reducing central office personnel and spending could reduce administrative costs by $6 million.
Deferring technology purchases and reducing student athletics — intramural sports; middle school volleyball, swimming and wrestling; and high school golf, swimming and tennis — could save $2 million. Maintenance costs could be lowered by $7 million if facilities were cleaned and disinfected less often. Having most high school students travel on Port Authority buses and realigning start times for other schools to cut down on school bus trips could save another $3.5 million.
Ms. Lane and her staff have looked into every part of the operation for ways to cut costs, without losing focus on the district’s fundamental mission of preparing its students for success in both higher education and the workforce. There is a lot of work to do.
The school board and its community partners now have a road map that can move Pittsburgh Public Schools toward the fiscal stability the district needs to fulfill its goals.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2013/12/10/Rough-road/stories/201312060034#ixzz2n4mioG00
Monday, December 09, 2013
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Sunday, December 08, 2013
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
Today there are about 150 kids from all over the Northeast including prep schools such as Andover who will assemble to practice water polo at Pitt. They will show up, train 8 hours in the pool over 2 days, be coached, stay out of trouble, grow as friends for life, problem solve, and model excellent TEAMWORK and PROCESSES replicated around the world with Olympic Development Program Athletes. One kid from the city will be in their company, BTW. Meanwhile, no kid from Homewood nor East Liberty nor Bloomfield can swim a Saturday practice at Westinghouse. Funny thing, some will show up anyway. I bet they all don't get the message that their school district has already canceled their life opportunities for them so as to make it impossible for them to compete with the rest of the world. PS... The roads are not bad at all. ... What about "Showing UP" and attendance?, If you are nor too busy being LAZY for other people come by Trees Swim Pool , Linda Lane, any time today or Sunday, yep even Sunday to witness what you are robbing PPS kids from doing.